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Top 25 Lifeguard Interview Questions

Question 1 of 28
What do you think are the most important items to have at your pool before your shift begins?
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"I would ensure that I have the equipment as confirmed during my training and would expect this to include a life bouy to throw into the pool should someone get into trouble, whistle to draw attention to a situation, a walkie talkie/telephone to be able to contact colleagues in an emergency, watch/clock access to know when they need to swop over with a colleague, water bottle to ensure that I don't get dehydrated and first aid kid in cases of emergency to administer basic first aid"
Example Answer:- "I would ensure that I have the equipment as confirmed during my training and would expect this to include a life bouy to throw into the pool should someone get into trouble, whistle to draw attention to a situation, a walkie talkie/telephone to be able to contact colleagues in an emergency, watch/clock access to know when they need to swop over with a colleague, water bottle to ensure that I don't get dehydrated and first aid kid in cases of emergency to administer basic first aid".
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Question 2 of 28
Put yourself into the shoes of a qualified Lifeguard. How would you deal with a child who would not listen to the rules?
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"If I saw a child doing something that they should not be doing, for example, diving in, I would blow my whistle and point to the sign of the pool and confirm that they should do this no more. If they continued to dive in for example, I would blow my whistle again and confirm if they did this again, they would be asked to leave the pool. If they did this again, I would blow my whistle and ask them to leave the pool and call the Manager of the pool to confirm the situation. If the situation was more serious and the child was putting themselves or anyone else in immediate danger, I would blow my whistle and ask them to leave the pool immediately and call the Manager too"
Example Answer:- "If I saw a child doing something that they should not be doing, for example, diving in, I would blow my whistle and point to the sign of the pool and confirm that they should do this no more. If they continued to dive in for example, I would blow my whistle again and confirm if they did this again, they would be asked to leave the pool. If they did this again, I would blow my whistle and ask them to leave the pool and call the Manager of the pool to confirm the situation. If the situation was more serious and the child was putting themselves or anyone else in immediate danger, I would blow my whistle and ask them to leave the pool immediately and call the Manager too"
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Question 3 of 28
Why do you consider that you would be an exceptional lifeguard? What skills and experience can you bring to the role?
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Question 4 of 28
What is your understanding of the role a lifeguard performs, and the duties they undertake?
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Question 5 of 28
What procedure would you follow if there was an emergency whilst you are on duty as a Lifeguard?
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Question 6 of 28
What does the word “teamwork” mean to you, and what makes it possible?
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Question 7 of 28
Thank you for confirming about the CPR certification. Following on from this, I would like to know more about your understanding of what CPR actually is.
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Question 8 of 28
To be a lifeguard there is an expectation that you will be called upon at any time to jump into the water and bring an adult or child back to safety. To do this there is a level of fitness required. What do you do to keep yourself fit?
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Question 9 of 28
As part of your role, you are required to be observant of your surroundings and what is happening in them. As part of this you are required to spot hazards with a hope to preventing accidents. Can you tell me of a time when you have spotted a hazard?
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Question 10 of 28
If there was an incident, we are required to ensure that the appropriate paperwork is completed as soon after the event as possible. Can you talk me through your experience of creating reports or filling in forms and when you did this why it was importan
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Question 11 of 28
What has been your greatest professional achievement to date, and why does this have significance to you?
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Question 12 of 28
Part of the role of a lifeguard is clearing down and making sure that the facilities are up to scratch. How would you cope with this side of the job?
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Question 13 of 28
We need someone who can be flexible with their working hours as the pool is open during school holidays, most nights for lessons and at weekends when lessons and parties happen. Is this something that you are able to commit to?
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Question 14 of 28
What do you think are the most important characteristics of a lifeguard?
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Question 15 of 28
Tell us about your previous training and experiences as a lifeguard?
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Question 16 of 28
Talk me through your previous experience working with children. How do you think this experience will help you in the role of Lifeguard?
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Question 17 of 28
A child is lying on the ground what is your initial response? (walk through the complete CPR process)
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Question 18 of 28
What appeals to you most about the role of Lifeguard, and why do you want to work with us?
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Question 19 of 28
Give me an example of a time when you have had to enforce company rules or policies. Why was this necessary and what was the outcome?
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Question 20 of 28
How would you handle a situation where an adult was breaking a rule? Would you be capable of blowing the whistle and telling them to stop or just let it go?
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Question 21 of 28
How often are you late for school or meetings? In your opinion, how many times is it acceptable to be late for school or your job in a year?
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Question 22 of 28
Do you have CPR certification?
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Question 23 of 28
Lifeguards must be alert at all times. Talk to me about a time when you have shown that kind of ability in your work.
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Question 24 of 28
What do you hope to gain from working as a lifeguard? What are your future aspirations in this role?
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Question 25 of 28
Sometimes we receive customer complaints. Tell me about a time when you have had to deal with a complaint, and how you handled it.
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Question 26 of 28
Are you a good swimmer? Have you completed any swimming training classes?
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Question 27 of 28
What is the number one responsibility for any lifeguard?
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Question 28 of 28
Tell me about a time when you were required to help someone achieve a personal goal or accomplishment. What happened and what was the outcome?
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User-Submitted Interview Answers

Question 1 of 28
What do you think are the most important items to have at your pool before your shift begins?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Whistle, uniform, fannypack.
2.
All safty equiptment as well as all equitment needed to hev on your person such as cpr mask and bandades and other first aid materials so.
3.
Cpr bag, lifeguard floatation strip, sunscreen, water, whistle, name tag.
4.
Floatation device, whistle, first aid kit.
5.
Whistle, rescue tube, first aid kit, back board.
6.
Rescue Buoy, whistle, backboard, and First Aid kit.
7.
Whistle, Portable floating device/buoy, First aid kit, Spinal Board near by.
8.
Backboard, CPR mask, AED, whistle, buoy.
9.
You need an easily accessible backboard, a rescue buoy with you at all times, and a hip pack with band-aids, a resuscitation mask, and gloves.
10.
My whistle, first aid kit and a spinal board.
11.
Rescue tube, first aid kit, gloves, resuscitator mask, spinal bord.
12.
Correct first aid equipment, rescue equipment. Example being whistle, throw rope.
13.
Guard shirt, whistle, assist, fanny pack, spine board.
14.
Whistle, bathing suit, singlet/uniform, AID/buoyant object, a positive attitude.
15.
Backboard, AED, First aid kit, Lifeguard tube, and a watch.
Question 2 of 28
Put yourself into the shoes of a qualified Lifeguard. How would you deal with a child who would not listen to the rules?
Question 3 of 28
Why do you consider that you would be an exceptional lifeguard? What skills and experience can you bring to the role?
Question 4 of 28
What is your understanding of the role a lifeguard performs, and the duties they undertake?
Question 5 of 28
What procedure would you follow if there was an emergency whilst you are on duty as a Lifeguard?
Question 6 of 28
What does the word “teamwork” mean to you, and what makes it possible?
Question 7 of 28
Thank you for confirming about the CPR certification. Following on from this, I would like to know more about your understanding of what CPR actually is.
Question 8 of 28
To be a lifeguard there is an expectation that you will be called upon at any time to jump into the water and bring an adult or child back to safety. To do this there is a level of fitness required. What do you do to keep yourself fit?
Question 9 of 28
As part of your role, you are required to be observant of your surroundings and what is happening in them. As part of this you are required to spot hazards with a hope to preventing accidents. Can you tell me of a time when you have spotted a hazard?
Question 10 of 28
If there was an incident, we are required to ensure that the appropriate paperwork is completed as soon after the event as possible. Can you talk me through your experience of creating reports or filling in forms and when you did this why it was importan
Question 11 of 28
What has been your greatest professional achievement to date, and why does this have significance to you?
Question 12 of 28
Part of the role of a lifeguard is clearing down and making sure that the facilities are up to scratch. How would you cope with this side of the job?
Question 13 of 28
We need someone who can be flexible with their working hours as the pool is open during school holidays, most nights for lessons and at weekends when lessons and parties happen. Is this something that you are able to commit to?
Question 14 of 28
What do you think are the most important characteristics of a lifeguard?
Question 15 of 28
Tell us about your previous training and experiences as a lifeguard?
Question 16 of 28
Talk me through your previous experience working with children. How do you think this experience will help you in the role of Lifeguard?
Question 17 of 28
A child is lying on the ground what is your initial response? (walk through the complete CPR process)
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1.
To check if there ok see if there breathing but make sure my area is being covered.
2.
Check if the sean is safe and sproch them knowing there could be a life thretning situation.
3.
Check danger lie down speak to them see if unconscious or conscious conscious but not respond recovery position unconscious not breathing check airways call for aed and ambulance begin cps.
4.
First I size up the situation. I make sure it is safe for me to approach, and I am assessing what happened an how many victims there are. While I am doing that, I am putting on any necessary PPE. Once I've established it is safe, I ask for the parent for consent. If the child is unconscious and there is no parent, I have implied consent. I check for a pulse and breathing. There is no pulse and the person is not breathing. I ask someone to call ems and get an AED. I give two initial breaths. I then begin CPR. I do 30 compressions and 2 breaths. I continue this until EMS arrives, the child gains consciousness, an AED is used, or the scene becomes unsafe.
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Check to see if the scene is safe to enter, then walk up to him, and tap his shoulders saying "Are you okay!" a few times. Next, check to see if he is breathing or has a pulse. Third, activate the EAP with the whistle and tell someone around the area to go call 911 and someone else to go get an AED. Finally start CPR with 30 compressions to 2 rescue breaths as you wait for the AED to arrive.
6.
Check the surroundings before going near (hazardous materials:fir, wire, glass, glass) then I would approach the victim, see if he/she is unconscious by checking breathing, if victim is not breathing call 911, then start 30 compressions and two breaths until they begin breathing or until ems arrives.
7.
You scan the area for danger, put on gloves, check for life-threatening symptoms, if there is no breath and no pulse, then you begin thirty chest compressions, give two rescue breaths and continue until there is a sign of life.
8.
1) check for dangers 2 see if hes conscious 3 call for backup if not 4 start cpr.
9.
Sieze the scene, check for responsiveness, tell someone to call 991 and get the AED, check for pulse or breathing, then begin 30 chest compressions and 2 venelations and do that in 5 cycles.
10.
Making sure of no danger around the child, check for a response, check for breathing, give two rescue breaths, start chest compressions (30) two breaths, do this for a minute then find help.
11.
Check hazards, pinch and shout, check breathing, if not breathing start Cpr.
12.
Check for parents/guardians, ask permission if possible, check for breathing, if breathing, call 911, if not start by doing 30 chest compressions with 2 fingers, continue with 2 breaths inform bystander or other guards to call 911
13.
Ask if they are ok, tell someone to call 999 and also to say what you are about to peform CPR.First peform 5 rescue breaths then do 30 chest compressions with one hand alternating between them and 2 rescue breaths.Do this until an ambulance arrives.
14.
1) Check for hazards. 2) Look if there's any bystander or witness around the area. 3) Check for responsiveness such as tap and shout. 4) Call 911 5) If victim is unconscious do 30 compression and 2 breathes until EMS arrives. 6) Check vitals 7) Treat for shock.
15.
The person must lie on his/her back, then put your hands on the chest person mouth must be close then you apply pressure on the chest and after that you give mouth to mouth breathing if the person is not responding apply pressure again and then mouth to mouth again.
Question 18 of 28
What appeals to you most about the role of Lifeguard, and why do you want to work with us?
Question 19 of 28
Give me an example of a time when you have had to enforce company rules or policies. Why was this necessary and what was the outcome?
Question 20 of 28
How would you handle a situation where an adult was breaking a rule? Would you be capable of blowing the whistle and telling them to stop or just let it go?
Question 21 of 28
How often are you late for school or meetings? In your opinion, how many times is it acceptable to be late for school or your job in a year?
Question 22 of 28
Do you have CPR certification?
Question 23 of 28
Lifeguards must be alert at all times. Talk to me about a time when you have shown that kind of ability in your work.
Question 24 of 28
What do you hope to gain from working as a lifeguard? What are your future aspirations in this role?
Question 25 of 28
Sometimes we receive customer complaints. Tell me about a time when you have had to deal with a complaint, and how you handled it.
Question 26 of 28
Are you a good swimmer? Have you completed any swimming training classes?
Question 27 of 28
What is the number one responsibility for any lifeguard?
Question 28 of 28
Tell me about a time when you were required to help someone achieve a personal goal or accomplishment. What happened and what was the outcome?

About Lifeguard

August 18th, 2017

A Lifeguard position carries lots of responsibility. Lifeguards are asked to watch and protect many young children. It's their duty to save lives while kids enjoy swimming. Lifeguards also practice water safety at other locations than the local pool, for instance, they can work at recreational centers, housing associations, elderly communities, water parks, marinas, beaches, campgrounds, fitness centers, and more.

Lifeguards should have excellent awareness as they practice their most important duty, water safety. Their number one job is to ensure and enforce water safety at their facility. It is recommended a lifeguard complete CPR training and receive certification before applying for jobs. Although, some organizations will provide that training when hired. Lifeguards should naturally be excellent swimmers. There are also several lifeguard training and certification courses available, that would help any lifeguard candidates looking to gain entry into this career.

At a lifeguard interview, candidates should be able to discuss their previous training and certifications. They should be able to name various water safety rules and guidelines. They should be able to explain in detail why they are passionate about water safety and being a lifeguard. The job should be more important to them than a place to socialize for the summer. Interviewers will test each candidate about their work history or school history. They will want to know how passionate you are in your school or previous work life. They will ask, are you a responsible individual? Organizations can not afford to have a careless lifeguard. Practice our interview questions and we hope it helps prepare you for your interview!

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